India’s foreign policy is not Pakistan centric; says Modi


NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that India is not working to isolate any nation, nor is the country’s foreign policy formulated around Pakistan. In an interview with Times Now, the Indian premier said that the suggestion that the country’s foreign policy revolves around Pakistan is a “grave injustice”.
Instead, he clarified, the policy is “based in the context of India and its relations with the world”, Times of India quoted the PM. “It is issue-based. Our foreign policy is not based around [any] one nation and it shouldn’t be.” Noting that the world was uniting against terrorism, Modi said he would “welcome and praise” those who take steps against terrorism. He likened the fight against terror to a fight to save humanity.
In the recent days, US and India have increased pressure on Pakistan to take action against terrorists. Amid talks of an emerging US-India-Israel nexus, Washington has accused Islamabad of offering safe havens to terrorists.
During the interview, Modi invited Pakistan to join hands with India in the fight against poverty and disease. “If we fight together, we will win faster,” the Indian premier was quoted as saying.
Modi was asked about “terror” in India-held Kashmir and the appointment of an interlocutor to initiate dialogue with all stakeholders in the region. The Indian premier said: “Dialogue does take place with every citizen of India, and it will continue to take place.”
The premier added that his government would continue to support “those who believe in the constitution of India and for those who live and die for the nation”. Last year, in a bid to reboot its Kashmir policy, Modi’s government had decided to appoint an interlocutor in IHK. Ex-intelligence chief Dineshwar Sharma had been appointed to the post and granted “complete freedom” to initiate “interaction and dialogue to understand legitimate aspirations of people in J&K”.